New evidence suggests cannabis can help with chemo-therapy and multiple sclerosis but it’s not all good news.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewed 18 years of scientific findings to examine health impacts of cannabis and cannabis derived products. The committee found significant evidence that cannabis could help patients with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms as well as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
The committee also found evidence that cannabis does not increase the risk for cancers often associated with tobacco use - such as lung and head and neck cancers. While the report included good news for pro-marijuana advocates there were also findings that could raise red flags.
The review found cannabis use prior to driving increases the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident and cannabis use increases the rate of initiating other drug use, primarily the use of tobacco. Evidence from the review also suggests that in states where cannabis use is legal, there is increased risk of unintentional cannabis overdose injuries among children, mostly from ingestion.